msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 8/2/2006 12:30:17 PM ET 2006-08-02T16:30:17

Call it a fry rapprochement.

Three years after now-embattled Rep. Bob Ney, along with Rep. Walter Jones, led the effort to rename french fries "Freedom Fries" in an attempt to strike back at France for not contributing to the Iraq war effort, the basement cafeteria of the House of Representatives has quietly reverted to using the original name, the Washington Times reported in Wednesday editions.

Now, Republicans have distanced themselves from Jones after he made a lonely call for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

For his part, Ney has been forced from the chairmanship of the committee in charge of running House operations after former aides tied to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff have pled guilty of bribery.

A spokesman for Ney's replacement, Rep. Vern Ehlers, told NBC News, "It's no big deal. ... It's not news."

NBC's Michael Viqueira in Washington contributed to this report.

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